Carnival of Space #540 – Universe Today

Universe Today hosts the latest Carnival of Space.

This image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the location of different elements in the Cassiopeia A supernova remnant including silicon (red), sulfur (yellow), calcium (green) and iron (purple). Each of these elements produces X-rays within narrow energy ranges, allowing maps of their location to be created. The blast wave from the explosion is seen as the blue outer ring. Astronomers study supernova remnants to better understand how stars produce and then disseminate many of the elements on Earth and in the cosmos at large.

The Space Show this week – Dec.18.2017

The guests and topics of discussion on The Space Show this week:

1. Monday, Dec. 18, 2017: 2-3:30 pm PST (4-5:30 pm CST, 5-6:30 pm EST): We welcome Dr. Valerie E. Martindale, President, Aerospace Medical Association. Dr. Martindale will be discussing he recent letter to the membership which you can find here:  When Does Practice Change? – Valerie E. Martindale (pdf). This program will be co-hosted with Dr. John Jurist.

2. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2017: 7-8:30 pm PST, 10-11:30 pm EST, 9-10:30 pm CST: We welcome back Jay Wittner with Josh Power to discuss the latest with The Integrated Space Plan and The Space Financial Group.

3. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2017: Hotel Mars. See Upcoming Show Menu and the website newsletter for details. Hotel Mars is pre-recorded by John Batchelor. It is archived on The Space Show site after John posts it on his website.

4. Friday, Dec. 22, 2017: 9:30 am-11 am PST, (12:30-2 pm EST; 11:30 am-1 pm CST) We welcome back Jim Keravala for important updates and more.

5. Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017: 12-1:30 pm PST; 2-4:30 pm EST; 2-3:30 pm CST. No show due to Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas everyone!

See also:
* The Space Show on Vimeo – webinar videos
* The Space Show’s Blog – summaries of interviews.
* The Space Show Classroom Blog – tutorial programs

The Space Show is a project of the One Giant Leap Foundation.

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Video: TMRO Orbit 10.46 – 2017 Cosmic Review

The last episode of 2017 is now available on line:

Cariann, Benjamin, Mike, Jared and Tim take a look back at our favorite cosmic moments of 2017 for our last show of the year.

Space news and recent launches covered:

Kelper-90 Has 8 Planets
Trump makes moon missions NASA’s near-term goal
Saturn’s Rings Are Young!

Long March 3B – Alcomsat 1
Ariane 5 – Galileo
Blue Origin Test Flight
Falcon 9 – CRS-13 is viewer supported:

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Student CubeSat Structures Competition – National Space Society and EXOS Aerospace

The National Space Society‘s Enterprise in Space, a “NewSpace education” initiative, and EXOS Aerospace are sponsoring the student CubeSat Structures Competition –

Experiments that fly in space need a structure to hold them. These structures can be of many shapes and sizes depending on the type of rocket that will take them to space. To mark the first steps of the collaboration between the National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space (EIS) program and EXOS Aerospace Systems and Technologies, Corp. and the initiative to send hundreds of student experiments into space, we are offering this worldwide search to find the perfect CubeSat structure! 

Whether you create your CubeSat using 3-D printing, innovative technologies, or new types of materials, you will have fun meeting the challenge of creating a lightweight, strong and easy to duplicate CubeSat. If your design is chosen in the semifinalist design challenge, you will be given the opportunity to build the structure and send it to EXOS for evaluation.

Applicants must be students 18 years or older. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1, 2018.

More at CubeSat Structures Competition Opens Space Design to Students of the World – National Space Society Blog.


Videos: Dragon berths to the ISS + Russian Soyuz with 3 new ISS crew members + “Space to Ground” report

This morning the SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle that launched on Friday from Cape Canaveral caught up with the International Space Station (ISS) and was captured by a robotic arm under the control of NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba. They carefully brought the Dragon up to the Harmony module and attached it. This video shows highlights of the rendezvous, capture, and berthing:

The Dragon is carrying 4800 pounds (2177 kg) of science/technology experiments and equipment plus supplies for the crew and station maintenance: NASA Sends New Research to Space Station Aboard Resupply Mission | NASA


Also today, a Russian Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with three new crew members for the Station: Three New Crew Members on Voyage to International Space Station | NASA

The Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA’s Scott Tingle, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is scheduled to dock to the space station’s Rassvet module at 3:43 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19. Coverage of docking will begin at 3 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website, followed at 5 a.m. by coverage of the opening of hatches between the spacecraft and station.


And here is the latest episode of NASA’s weekly Space to Ground report on activities related to the ISS: